Joy Gillette learned how to cook in her grandmother's kitchen.

They gardened and canned, using their bounty to make fruit salad, chili, sauerkraut, bread and butter pickles, ham and bean soup and more.

For the last three years, some of those recipes have been sold at Simply Soup, Gillette's food stand in Central Market.

Now, she's serving soup and a lot more at her new York City restaurant, Joy's Cafe.

"I love the restaurant business, and I always wanted to have a place like this," Gillette said.

Her new eatery at 221 W. Philadelphia St. employs six people and is the site of the former Gruver's Bakery.

Being next to businesses offices has been a real opportunity to boost sales, Gillette said.

Steve Jensen, left, Jim Mosch, Derek Lekow, and Chris Clark of Dentsply enjoy a lunch meeting at Joy’s Cafe on Wednesday.
Steve Jensen, left, Jim Mosch, Derek Lekow, and Chris Clark of Dentsply enjoy a lunch meeting at Joy's Cafe on Wednesday.

For example, several employees of a neighboring Comcast office were having lunch at Joy's Cafe this week.

"We like coming here to get stuff because it's all homemade. It's all made from scratch," said Pam Kiscaden, a Comcast employee from Elizabethtown.

Specialties: Joy's Cafe serves breakfast all day, as well as soup, sandwiches and dessert.

"We specialize in melts. Our turkey melt is made with real turkey breast that we cut down. People are always happy and surprised when they see it's not deli meat," Gillette said.

The new restaurant has received a positive response overall, she said.

"We've been doing very well. The location is a great opportunity, and we have a following because of Simply Soup.

"We've been very fortunate," Gillette said.

The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To view a menu or learn more, visit joys-cafe.com or call 855-2233.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.